BE PREPARED TO VOTE! November 8, 2016

On October 29, 2016, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Election, Event, Uncategorized, by Christian County Democrats

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Get your sample ballot for the November 8th Christian County Election.

Besides voting for our First Female President, you will be voting on US Senator (Jason Kander) and US Representative (Genevieve Williams), as well as Missouri state officers. You will also be able to vote for your District State Representative (and if you live in the 140th you have Jim Billedo on the ticket!), the 38th Circuit Judge, and the retention of certain judges. You will be also be voting for the Christian County elections offices of Commissioner (and if you live in eastern Christian County, you have Sue Ann Childers on the ticket!), Sheriff, Assessor, Treasurer, Coroner, and Public Administrator.  And you will vote on Constitutional Amendments (1,2,3,4, & 6) and Proposition A.

Recommendations on Ballot Issues:

Amendment 1: Continues funding soil and water conservation for state parks and historic sites for the next 10 years. RECOMMENDATION: YES

Amendment 2: Limits campaign contributions. But language is not clear; it could ban labor unions contributing, but allow corporations. Supported by Fred Sauer, author of “How Liberalism, a euphemism for socialism, destroys peoples and nations.” RECOMMENDATION: NO

Amendment 3: Tax on cigarettes, 75% for early childhood education. Would limit taxes on cigarettes and give public monies to private and religious schools. Supported by large tobacco companies. Opposed by MO Nat. Education Association, American Lung Association, and American Heart Asssociation. RECOMMENDATION: NO

Amendment 4: Prevents new state or local sales/use tax on any service or transaction. It could block future taxes on new industries, limiting state and local entities with budget problems. Supported by MO Associations of Home Inspectors, Cattlemen, Funeral Directors, Broadcasters, Bankers, etc. Opposed by MO Municipal League and the Budget Project. RECOMMENDATION: NO

Proposition A: Tax on cigarettes, funding transportation infrastructure. This competes with Amendment 1, but also limits taxes on cigarettes. Supported by MO Petroleum Markets and Convenience Store Association. Opposed by Cancer Society, MO American Lung Association, American Heart Association, etc.

Amendment 6: Voters “may” be required to verify their identity, citizenship and residence with a photo id. This would suppress voters, especially minorities, the elderly, the poor, and students. There is no real evidence of voter fraud, and it will be difficult for people to get these ids. Republicans nationwide are pushing this issue in order to suppress Democrat voters. Democrats nationwide strongly oppose it. RECOMMENDATION: NO

For more information check out the VOTERS GUIDE by the League of Women Voters. You may go to their website and put in your address, or pick one up at your local library. Also, checkout the Christian County Headliner for October 26th. They have interviewed local candidates and presented the pros and cons of the ballot issues.

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October 12th Last Day to Register to Vote in Missouri

On September 15, 2016, in Announcement, Democratic Party, Election, by Christian County Democrats

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ALL elections are important and in need of voters. But THIS one is particularly important–to YOU, and to ALL of us! So please make sure you are registered to vote, and that you VOTE on November 8th!

If you have moved recently and have not re-registered, you may not be allowed to vote. You may contact the Christian County Clerk’s Office, 100 West Church, Room 206, Ozark, Missouri 65721 or   call 417-582-4340 or register online with the Secretary of State’s Office.

If you will not be able or available to vote on November 8th, request an absentee ballot through the County Clerk’s Office.

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Let’s help support our area Democrats running for Missouri House! Attorney General Chris Koster, Democratic Candidate for Governor, will be the featured speaker on Tuesday, July 12 at the ALL-LOCAL CANDIDATES FUNDRAISER. (Door money will be split among candidates, but each candidate will have their own donation jar as well.)

Where:  IBEW Hall 2902 E Division St., Springfield

When:  5:00PM – 8:00PM

Tickets are $15 and the proceeds will be split among our local candidates. You can purchase tickets at the door or at Dem HQ.

The Shandies (Shannon Stine and Natalie Wlodarczyk) will be performing.

**Good Food. Good Music. Good Democrats. Good Cause. Please join us!!**

YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!

On November 1, 2014, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Election, Event, by Christian County Democrats

election uncle samNovember 4 is election day.

Depending where you live, you may have different choices to make. A sample ballot is available online.

Your voter’s registration card will tell you where to vote or you can find polling places online or call 417-582-4340.

Democrat Club members have discussed the constitutional amendments you will see on the ballot and recommend a “NO” vote on all four amendments.

Amendment 2 allows relevant evidence of prior criminal acts to be admissible in prosecutions for crimes of a sexual nature involving a victim under 18 years of age.

  • We already have precedent that allows admission of such evidence in particular circumstances.
  • Actual recidivism rates are lower than most believe (13% for incest and 24% for rape).
  • This could increase the risk of being wrongly convicted because even alleged crimes can be used (even if never convicted).

Amendment 3 would tie teacher evaluations to their students’ test performance.

  • It takes local control away from parents, teachers, and school districts.
  • It requires more standardized testing.
  • The current system allows for removal of poor teachers through regular monitoring and evaluation system.
  • Most education organization are against this amendment (Mo Nat. Educ. Assoc., Mo State Teachers Assoc, close to 100 school boards around the state) and the group sponsoring the amendment, Teach Great, has stopped campaigning for it.

Greene County Democrats passed a resolution opposing this amendment.

The League of Women Voters of Missouri has taken the stance of a “NO vote” on this issue.

Amendment 6 only allows 6 days of early voting and does not allow for any Saturday or Sunday voting.

  • It will only go into effect if the Legislature funds the measure, which they have not yet agreed to do.
  • This system is more restrictive than 29 other states.
  • Many call this proposal “a sham” because it eliminates weekends (when people can actually get out to vote) and shortens the early voting period.

Greene County Democrats passed a resolution opposing this amendment.

The League of Women Voters of Missouri has taken the stance of a “NO vote” on this issue.

Amendment 10 places limitations on the Governor’s powers to propose a budget without legislative consent.

  • Places limitations on the Governor’s power to allocate funds without legislative consent.
  • Prohibits the governor from reducing funding passed by the general assembly without legislative consent.
  • Would allow the legislature to override any withholding by a two-thirds vote, as with a veto.
  • Governors in all states except Maryland have this power.

Greene County Democrats passed a resolution opposing this amendment.

The League of Women Voters of Missouri has taken the stance of a “NO vote” on this issue.


Judges:

The Missouri Supreme Court created evaluation committees (funded by the Missouri Bar), consisting of lawyers and non-lawyers to rate all judges who are standing for retention under the nonpartisan selection system. Those recommendations are available online to voters. Kansas City Star says, “The statewide judges up for retention have all received adequate to high marks from persons familiar with their work and have earned YES votes.” They are Missouri Supreme Court Judges Laura Denvir Stith and Paul Campbell Wilson; Western District Court of Appeals Judges Lisa White Hardwick and Anthony Rex Gabbert; Eastern District Judges Lisa Van Amburg and Angela Turner Quigless; Southern District Judges Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer and Mary Sheffield.

Candidates:

And most importantly, don’t forget to vote for two very good, Democratic candidates:

  • Jim Billedo (if you live in the 140th District) and
  • Jim Evans for the 7th Congressional District.

Fire Protection and Tax Levies:

If you live in the city of Nixa, you will vote on a Fire Protection bond for an additional fire station and new equipment; if you live in Highlandville, you will vote on a tax levy of 40 cents per $100 assessed value; if you live in Sparta, you will vote on a tax levy increase (30 cents per $100 assessed value) for the Fire Protection District.

 

Support your Democratic Candidates Now!

On September 26, 2014, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Election, Event, Get Involved, by Christian County Democrats

Fundraiser for
Jim Billedo & Jim Evans

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
3:00-6:00PM

Finley River Park, Ozark
Large Pavilion

$15 per person, BBQ Plate

Music, Pie Auction, Silent Auction and other Events
(Bring l0awn chairs.)

Election Day is November 4th this year and we need your vote!

So please register to vote by October 8th if you have moved into Christian County from another county or state.

Even if you have moved from within our county, you need to change your address with the County Clerk’s Office. If you don’t do this, you may end up driving around the county on election day trying to find your new voting location.

Once you receive your new voter registration card, check to see WHERE you will vote. It will be on your card.

You can register to vote in many locations throughout the county. Check the list of registration sites here. You can also register online here.

Are you going to be gone on November 4th?? If so, make sure to apply for an absentee ballot. Our County Clerk’s Office can help you.